Turkeys are intelligent animals who can recognize hundreds of other turkeys. When you pet a turkey, you will be surprised at how soft they are and many even enjoy good hug. They are individuals and each has their own distinct personality. They like to stick together and explore the fields at Safe Haven. Tragically, each Thanksgiving, 46 million turkeys are slaughtered for holiday feasts. Most have lived a miserable life of inhumane conditions in crowded, filthy sheds with no windows for 3-4 months before being slaughtered.
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Abby is the youngest of our turkeys. She arrived in the summer of 2016 at approximately a week old. Abby was one of 4 baby turkeys that arrived by car. These babies sadly had many health issues. Despite several trips to the vet for medication and treatment, two of the babies passed away after just a few months. Abby and her friend Calvin survived. Calvin only lived to be a year old leaving Abby as the sole survivor. The lesson from this is the early killing and mass reproduction and crowding that these turkeys undergo leads to illnesses and congenital problems.
These issues become widespread in the flock given they only have to live to about 4 months of age before being slaughtered. The babies who are sick with congenital disease or infections acquired early in their lives are simply thrown out and there is no effort made to diagnose illnesses that could be treated. They are simply eliminated and discarded from the flock. Abby is an ambassador for all the turkey babies who are born into terrible conditions and are not rescued from the terrifying and horrible few months of life they have to live on factory farms. We are so happy to have her as part of our farm family. She is an adventurous and curious girl who loves exploring. She has blossomed into quite the beauty!
Bella is a beautiful commercial turkey who was found outside someone’s home not far from our sanctuary. Fearful that coyotes or dogs would kill the turkey, the compassionate man took Bella to his mother’s farm and put her in an unused chicken coop. The mother felt she couldn’t care for Bella and wanted to find a suitable forever home for her. We eagerly agreed to welcome this beauty to our family. Despite being bigger than any of our other turkeys, Bella is a gentle soul who doesn’t fight with the other girls but, in fact, sits down in the middle of a group of turkeys and chickens and talks to each one in turn.
Carmela arrived at Safe Haven just two days before Thanksgiving In 2018. She was nameless and destined for slaughter. Due to the heroic actions of compassionate individuals who rescued her from a Brooklyn slaughterhouse, she was spared the fate of becoming Thanksgiving dinner. Here at Safe Haven, all of our rescues are viewed as living beings who deserve to be treated with respect and kindness. Carmela is now now ‘home” and will never be considered a “product” again.
Jenny & Sophie
Jenny and Sophie were rescued from a live market in NYC in November of 2020. The workers at the market gave the two turkey babies to activists who were bearing witness at their market. The rescuers contacted our sanctuary and we were happy to welcome these precious babies to our family. The vet came the following morning to do a complete exam. The turkeys were very young and small and facing some health challenges. Jenny was very sick with parasites and a joint infection and is still having difficulty standing. She is receiving lots of TLC from our staff and our hope is that in time, she will continue to improve and recover. Sophie is now doing well and able to venture outside with the rest of our turkey family.
These two lovely turkeys were found wandering in the woods near a factory farm. They were rescued by a compassionate individual who gave them food and water and kept them warm and safe until they could find them a forever home.
They are now living a free and happy life with at Safe Haven and enjoy their days exploring with their fellow turkey friends.
Trinity is a petite cutie who arrived in August 2014 with another baby turkey named Jenny. They were two of about 20 turkeys left in a box at the entrance to Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen, NY. They were most likely rescued from a turkey farm since their feathers were all white and they had had their beaks cut to prevent them from pecking and injuring the skin of the other turkeys in their crowded sheds. At first Trinity was somewhat shy and spent her time following Jenny around. Unfortunately, Jenny developed liver failure and, despite lots of visits to the vet, passed away when she was about 18 months old.
Soon after, Trinity became more outgoing, checking out visitors to the barn to be sure they would be nice to her fellow turkeys and the other residents of her barn. If Trinity decides you are not a threat to her friends, she will quickly go back to whatever she was doing before, scratching in the dirt or taking a sunbath or just enjoying the day in the pasture. However, if she is suspicious of you, she will ask you to leave the barn and not stop until you exit. Fortunately, she seems to accept most humans she meets but she is definitely very protective of her fellow residents.